Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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3.68
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Photo of DamienR
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very beautiful copper color, with lace all the way down, two finger head that had a decent retention, a very pretty beer, the off white head looks very nice alongside the copper.

S: From the bottle, smelled very pleasant. Earthy, bread smells mixed with a slight fruity smell. In the pint glass there was no discernable smell.

T: Very crisp, light malt and bread flavor at first that becomes thin with almost no aftertaste in a glass. After tasting directly from the bottle the taste is greatly improved and has a very pleasant, slight sweetness to it. I wouldn't recommend pouring this one. (Would make a nice session beer)

M: A very watery, thin feel. But with a pleasant silkiness accompanying it.

O: Goes down smooth in a glass, but I prefer it directly from the bottle. It seems to retain more of its flavor that way.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"I have two guns: one for each of ya." Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, very light seaweed, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger and breadier malt backbone. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice and easygoing little brew, something I could easily see downing a sixer of every now and again whilst relaxing.

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.

Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.

Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting … seems heavy for some reason.

Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt copper with a one finger head. Mild lacing with good retention. The smell starts with a degrading hop tea and finishes with caramel and a slight touch of oak. Upon the sip I get similar results with phenomenal balance. Earthy/spicy hops pop up in between waves of sweet the sweet malt body. This beer has a mouthfeel that is full and lowly carbonated without being cloying... it's actually quite crisp and creamy.

This bottle had some time on it that probably didn't work in terms of aroma. I feel that if it were fresh it could be very good.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i must admit -- mr first FW beer was Union Jack, followed by Abacus, followed by Double Jack. So, it is kind of hard to gear down for this one, AND steeped in the cornucopia of amazing, exotic and experimental beers you can get out there....

it's hard to gauge this beer fairly as an English Pale Ale for me. PALE ALE has been defined as SN Pale for me. BASS ALE... is well... bass ale, and english beer you mix with Guinness sometimes... for me the disappointment is in the

1. lack of a fresh hop profile,
2. a lagerish type feel, not really Ale like
3. lack of sweetness and overall....

too dry for the style. yes, i just said i am somewhat limited on the style... and now i am saying it is too dry.

POURS a light mahogany color with a little one finger head, IF you pour aggressively. then the lager type feel hits... SMELL is mostly of yeast and some malt. it is a pleasant aroma. but not exciting.

TASTE again is yeast, and dry malt... like maybe the bitterness is drying out the malt? crisp and dry... not sweet and effervescent. MOUTHFEEL is light. OVERALL this beer would not win me over to this brewery.

but considering i am sold on most of their other beers... i would recommend this to fans of the Style.

cheers!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/21/11

10/05/10 stamped on the bottle

Thanks to nrbw23

Slightly pale, burnt amber-brown color. Clarity is excellent. Poured half an inch of puffy, egg shell hued foam that thinned to patchy bubbles after several minutes. A decent amount of lace remains.

The aroma is pretty chill. There's good balance between hops & malt. Hops seem primarily grassy but there are hints of flora, pine & citrus (to a lesser degree). Notes of caramel & biscuit.

The hop attack is sharp & brief. Piney with earthy, vegetal notions & nips of pepper. Maybe a little orange peel buried in back. The malts seem to keep distance from the hops with caramel & toasted bread lurking underneath.

Medium body with a kind of watery mid-section. Carbonation is quite biting without being particularly fizzy. Some residual bitterness with a lingering grassy, herbal flavor.

Not bad at all. The carbonation was a bit more brazen than I prefer but I was able to swirl it to a more enjoyable level. In hindsight it would seem the carbonation was the cause for the disassociation of malt & hops.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear caramel. Not much head. Not much lace.

S - Not much of anything really. Slight malt and maybe some hops.

T - Medium middle malt core, slight hops shoring it up. Tasty.

M - Light bodied, good carb, decent coating.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have a tough decision to make. I'm at Angel Stadium and I want a beer to go with my hot dog. What should I get? Get Budweiser Select on draft, or part an extra 50 cents for Firestone Walker? Or I could part $12 for a bomber of Corona Light. I'll have a Firestone, please. And it was granted. Time to try it out:

Dark amber in color with a creamy head, it's first impression was better that the watery light beers other fans were guzzling. It has a pleasant flavor of apricot, caramel, and some pine. A quick brush of hops ended each sip. The feel seemed a bit watery, but I'll take this beer over many of the other options available at the ballpark.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Imstillthegman and BIF 33 for the chance to try this one. Pours light copper, good dense head, it subsides for a bit. Lacing is moderate. Smell is faint, a slight grassy(?) aroma. Taste is slightly astringent, more english ale type than american ale in my book. Mouthfeel is good, but the astringency is there. Drinkable, well, yeah, seems sessionable, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep reddish amber colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is quite light, in fact at first it seems indistinct except for a soft berry-like fruitiness and a touch of grassy hop notes. Upon closer inspection the aroma opens up with a touch more fruitiness; notes of berries as well as sweet plums, golden raisins, and even a light aromatic apple note. In addition a soft citrus-like hop character, becomes more prominent after I first recognizable it. A very nicely balanced aroma, that is perhaps a touch too light even for a nice session brew.

Up front the taste is sharp with hop notes and dry malt character. It moves to a soft fruitiness that lingers on in the finish. The fruitiness is lead by that berry note, perhaps even a touch of strawberry. This beer has a fairly light body, though it does have some heft to it, especially towards the finish where a touch of malt sweetness and the fruit notes are found. The note that lingers the longest after swallowing a sip is that of biscuits or soda crackers. In fact this note helps to dry things out and prepare you for another sip. This beer is nicely hoppy with notes that are at times herbal, a touch citrus-like (leaning towards sweet citrus fruit notes), definitely with a nice bitterness, and maybe, just maybe with a touch of grass-like character. A touch of tannic astringency might be what is left of the barrel character, but this is soft and barely perceptible. I can't help thinking that this is at the right level though.

This beer is very soft overall, it is really quite tasty and well balanced, but I do wish there was more to it. I have a feeling that this would be a killer beer if served in an unfiltered straight from the hand pump form. I will have to seek out such a beast at some point as I am intrigued at what heights this beer might be able to achieve.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Azurescens
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Mac & Jack's pint glass, reviewed on 4/15/11

A: Pours a clear golden amber with off white head with a good amount of lacing left around glass.

S: Sweet bready malt with a faint herbal grassy hop aroma.

T: Same malty bread taste from the smell, clean with some herbal hops to balance out the malt.

M: Average pale ale mouthfeel, light bodied, malt forward, crisp with good carbonation and finishes dry.

O: Decent pale ale, nothing to really complain about but nothing special either. Good drinkability, not something I will be buying in the near future, but I would definitely drink one if it is offered to me.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a short soapy khaki colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is bready and has a light metallic note. Some brown sugar and toffee.

The aroma has a toffee sweetness to go along with a bready malt. Some tea and metallic flavors. The hops provide some offsetting bitterness but don't provide much flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with enough bitterness to balance.

Not too sweet and good balance. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: dark red orange, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice grains, hop, and malt.

Taste: wet hops, grains, and a faint sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This has a nice aroma and a pleasant flavor. It is a tad on the watery side, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of klikger
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Medium to dark amber, with a little white head, and quality lacing

S - Essentially the smell of a good brewery right after brewing a batch. Malty - not complex, but smells really good

T - Fresh barley, lightly roasted, with a touch of yeast. A touch of caramel as it warms. The finish is some mildly bitter hops.

M - Heavier than it needs to be, i.e., it should have more taste. Adequate carbonation.

D - A couple is easy enough, but there's no compelling reason to session this.

A nicely crafted ale, this is not distinctive enough to buy on a regular basis. There are far more beers at this price point with far more flavor.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Freshness date unknown, as the 12-pack didn't have any date stamped in the Freshness box.

A: Poured a copper color with a small off-white head that quickly recedes into some light filming on the brew, and at most a few bubbles of lacing down the glass.

S: Peat and caramel are the strongest aromas. There's some earthiness in there as well.

T: Pretty mild and inoffensive. Mostly caramel sweatness, with a slight peat and smoke undercurrent. The finish is an earthy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is low and doesn't give it much crispness.

D: At first I wasn't too impressed, but then I attended a BBQ and brought this along. In comparing this against a couple of ambers (I know this isn't an amber, but it shares some similar flavors), the quality of this one was apparent. I'd go with this over some standard BBQ beers anyday.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/27/12, poured into a snifter for review. Super light tan, nearly white, head tops out at about 2 fingers, but rather quickly recedes to a thin layer of white lace which sits as a top layer on the surface of the beer. There is some lacing on glass. The color of the beer is wood brown, with lots of red as well, nice and clear too. I have to say DBA looks fantastic.

Mostly bitter aromas up front, not much oak or wood or anything like that. I do get very light notes of vanilla, maybe some toffee or caramel and malt. It's pretty complex, but overall the aroma is not terribly enticing or energizing. Not bad, just not great.

The flavors in DBA are similar to the aromas, but much more complex, which results in a sweet blend of light vanilla, toffee, caramel and wood flavors of oak. It's nicely balanced, and certainly opens up as it warms up.

Feels smooth, but carbonated and textured. Very unique I'd say.

Overall, this beer is well-balanced but not forceful in aroma or flavor. It's a nice alternative, and like I said above, unique. Worth a try, for sure. Wonder how this compared to other Barrel Aged varieties by Firestone Walker. Cheers.

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Photo of mattbk
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, brown, weak carbonation.
S: Light earth, mild caramel, that's about it.
T: Similar to aroma, earth, caramel, fruity esters but not unpleasant. A bit watery. Maybe the slightest hint of oak, which I may not have picked up had I not known the name. This is a fine, but fairly uninteresting ale.
M: The carbonation is medium, medium/medium-light body. Good for style.
O: A solid English pale ale, contains the minimum necessary components, but a bit thin and low on most characteristics. Drinkable, but not at all interesting.

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Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, completely transparent with a slightly off-white head. Very malt forward aroma on this brew. It smells like fresh mash with some very apparent yeasty characteristics. I didn’t really pick up on any hops. The taste of this beer is very mellow. It would be a good session ale, not particularly exciting but very refreshing.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber color with a finger of ivory head. Body is clear and the effervescence is appealing.

Smell: the aroma isn't enticing me much. It seems very, very mild and what there is of it has an unrefined biscuity quality which I don't happen to like too much. There is a small hint of sweet caramel character, but it's not enough to save this one for me.

Taste: now I can tell what the smell was trying to convey. Big biscuit and caramel malt with some floral hops up front and earthy hops on the backend, followed by a mild but good bitterness. The floral hops and sweet caramel make the first part of the sip notably good; I feel like it goes downhill a bit from there.

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively big carbonation make this a surprisingly creamy and enjoyable consistency. I like it.

Drinkability: well, parts of the flavor and experience aren't my favorite, but other parts make up: that first sweet sip and the delicious creaminess. Split the difference -- I'd have this again.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint Glass.

Poured a clean amber color. Very nice to look at. A good head which disappears quickly. Decent lacing. The scents started musty, weak and unenjoyable. As the ale warmed the scents got better. The musty wood gave way to fruity hops. The malt was practically non-existent on the nose.

The flavor is okay overall. The ale has an overall wood flavor to it. Great if you like this but in this ale it masks the hops and malts. There is some fruit in the flavors but the hops have a hard time asserting themselves. There is a sweet vanilla flavor and a bit of a sweet yeast flavor. The malts are present but again they are not strong. Overall the flavors are on the side of unsatisfying.

It has no bite on the mouth. It feels slick and unfortunately a bit oily. It drinks easy and the carbonation has a nice feel to it.

Overall, this is a just slightly above average ale.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a clear light red color body, small white head, diminishing. English malty aroma, dry hoppiness. Some sweetness. Some citrus, lost of dryness. English taste, pale and dry. Nice light taste, some sweetness. Some biscuitiness, light breadiness. Tasty, sessionable. Not really headache-inducing.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From variety pack

A: very dark caramel color, clear unclouded. Very little head that disappeared quickly
S: smells of malts, . Has almost kind of bitter smell
T: malty I think is the best descripter, Tastes like an English bitter. Bitter taste but not any hop taste.
M: pretty easy drinking, carbonation is evident but not seen in the beer
O: not sure of I've had too many of this style, it's fairly good. I'd say try it at least once

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Photo of yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chart House in Monterrey, CA. My first Firestone beer. Tasted closer to a brown ale to me than a Nugget Nectar, Red Rocket, Big Hoppy, etc (not to say they taste all that similar to each other)
A: A clear dark amber color with a very thin white head that leaves a tremendous amount of thick lacing.
S: Malt, caramel, not overly strong and some hops but not much presence from the oak here.
T: Clean and refreshing, but as I said above, taste reminded me more of an english brown (slightly thicker) than other ambers. Up front taste of roast malt, slight caramel, a little nutty and breadiness. Finishes with a slight hop taste. Nothing remarkable from the oak present in this. Very easy drinking pleasant beer, but nothing too exciting
M: Medium body, smooth and creamy with high carbonation, clean aftertaste
D: As it warmed up, this became slightly dry with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste like I felt about Duck Rabbit's Brown. Before that I was enjoying this much more. Glad I tried it, but would probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to California.

A: Pours a cola-like head that settles to about one finger. The beer has a pretty good haze and decent, but not great active carbonation. The head is pretty quickly gone. The beer is a rich amber brown.

S: Good, mostly English-smelling hops are perhaps a little stronger than I would expect. Good, a nice bitter sharpness.

T: This I'm not crazy about. A very basic sort of malty sort of herbal taste. Nothing outstanding here.

M: I really like the feel though. Lighter, with good carbonation and still a decent body.

D: Pretty good. Nothing I would seek out, but deffinately something I could see myself throwing back quite a few of.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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